Today, I was at play practice and when waiting for my ride, I heard a rather sad conversation. There is a young woman who came out as a transgender male a while ago (to my understanding) and apparently her mother took her to see a priest recently. From what this youth said, the priest said that he’s heard she thinks she’s a boy and went on to say things about gender dysphoria, how changing the body to fit the mind is not right, and how she needs to think about how her loved ones will feel about such a change.
Well, there were two others standing there besides me and they both seemed to be on her side of the argument, one young man even going as far to use foul language when talking about how his parents are conservative and how some of his friends are in the Church (I don’t know if me meant they are Christian or Catholic) and how he finds it hard to talk to them because his views are so different.
I just stood there, not giving any judgement or opinions from either side of the arguments and instead, silently prayed for them. I’m not sure what I should have said, if anything? It made me really uncomfortable.
Also, please pray for these young people!
I’m not convinced the priest went about this in the right way but I also have no clue if what this young person said was true or in the right context. I think we need to be open to helping those who struggle with their identity but also be firm in our beliefs. We need to not shut them down and instead, listen to them and hear where they are coming from. Also, I’m not sure it’s appropriate to take someone straight to a priest? Wouldn’t a psychologist be better?
This youth claimed there are no Christian psychologists in our area and other psychologists for gender are on her side. Yet I see a psychologist who is a Christian. She just isn’t marketed as that because she works in a hospital and not on her own. I couldn’t say anything because she left soon after I heard her say that.
I don’t know if this youth (I’m so confused at what to use gender-wise so I say the name around her and the real gender around my family) is trying to convince themselves that it’s okay and that they are right?
How are we called to respond to situations like this? Perhaps there are any who struggle with gender dysphoria who could give insight? I am not going to ignore either of the two who spoke nor would I show them anger, I just would like to be better prepared if I need to be and also to ask for prayers for them!